Lesa - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
I'm new here. Hello! I signed up on Care.com today because I want to get to know some available babysitters in the area. Our daughter is 17 months old and we have never hired a babysitter before, but she is getting to the age where it would be better for her to stay home when we are invited to someone's house for dinner, out to a movie, etc. We don't have family nearby.
Care.com asked me what price range I am willing to pay a babysitter. I have no idea! What do you guys offer? Here are some details that may affect it: We just have one child, 17 months old. I would expect a babysitter to feed her a meal, but not cook it (I make her little toddler meals and keep them in the fridge for reheating). They wouldn't be required to do any housework. I don't know if location makes a big difference, but we live in Western Michigan.
Also, how many references should I ask for? Do you require your babysitters to be CPR trained?
Thanks for any input you can provide. I'm totally new to this!